Tyler Florence’s Mashed Potato Hack Is Simple But Brilliant

If there’s a way to improve on mashed potatoes, the ultimate comfort food, I’m all ears. We’ve tried (and Beloved!) Ina Garten’s cheesy mashed potatoes and melting potatoes. Plus, we’ve even figured out what to do with those pesky potato skins. Now, Tyler Florence–chef, and host of numerous Food Network shows–has given us the ultimate hack. It’s bound to make your mashed potatoes even more creamy, rich, and decadent.

It should come as no surprise that Florence, a self-proclaimed “connoisseur of potatoes,” has come up with a delicious way to improve this dish. He recently shared this hack in his blog. Grainy Mustard Mashed Potato recipe.

Florence’s hack to up the flavor profile of already delicious mashed potatoes is simple. Instead of just adding a little butter and cream to the potatoes while mashing, you’re going to actually CookThe potatoes in milk or cream

Florence spoke. Popsugar, “Potatoes have a really delicate, beautiful minerality to their flavor profile, and when you cook potatoes in water and you pour that water down the drain, you’ve extracted all the flavor of the potato,” he explained. “So what I do with mashed potatoes—because you finish them with cream and butter anyway, right?—is I’ll take that same cream and butter and add that to the potatoes and cook the potatoes in cream and butter.”

How To Make Tyler Florence’s Mustard Mashed Potatoes

To “maximize the flavor of the potato with minimal effort” you’ll boil the potatoes with half whole milk and half heavy cream. Next, you’ll infuse even more flavor into the potatoes. In the milk and cream, add whole cloves of garlic, fresh rosemary, and bay leaves. After about 15 to 20 minutes, test the potatoes to see if they’re cooked thoroughly.

Once the potatoes have been cooked, remove the bay leaves, rosemary and garlic. However, save the milk. Use a potato mashing tool to mash your potatoes. Next, add the milk to the pot. To make your mashed potatoes even more flavorful, add salt, pepper, olive oils, butter, and a tablespoon or grainy mustard.

Tyler Florence’s Mustard Mashed Potato Recipe


  • 8 medium Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled.
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon wholegrain mustard
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Add potatoes to the mixture.
  2. To the pot, add bay leaves, garlic, and thyme
  3. Boil gently for 15-20 minutes
  4. Strain potatoes and save milk
  5. Bay leaf, garlic, and Thyme should be thrown out
  6. Mash potatoes and add milk mixture until potatoes become smooth
  7. Incorporate olive oil, butter and whole-grain mustard.
  8. Season with salt or pepper

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